Town hall seeks ideas on spending plan from LAUSD students
Craig Clough | March 6, 2015
Students from high schools across LA Unified will have an opportunity tomorrow to help shape district spending when the United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosts a town hall dedicated to seeking their ideas for the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which outlines how the district spends Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars.
The United Way, which partnered with the district on the meeting, said it is planning on hosting around 150 students at its headquarters. Governor Jerry Brown’s LCFF law requires districts to draw up a spending plan based, in part, on meaningful public input, and tomorrow’s event is designed to help meet that requirement, said Sara Mooney, an education program associate with United Way.
The students will get presentations on the history of the LCFF law as well as on the district’s five performance meter goals, Mooney explained. The students then separate into five groups, each focusing on one of the goals and how the LCAP can used to meet it. The district’s goals are: 100 percent graduation; proficiency for all; 100 percent attendance; parent and community engagement, and school safety.
The district’s five goals all address priorities that the state requires districts to focus on in their LCAPs, Mooney said.
“Each group is going to be walked through what the performance meter goals are, how the district is supposed to measure it and what the district has done thus far to see improvement in each area,” Mooney said. “So the kids are going to be asked things like, ‘Do you think this is a good measurement? Are these good tools for measurements. Have you seen improvements at your school in this area, and what can the district do better?’ ”
The students will create a document with up to 15 recommendations tol be presented to district leadership, Mooney said.